La Sirène (Paris)
[Stock catalogues, unnumbered series] Ornaments : architecture
Paris, La Sirène, 1991
(21 cm),  pp.,  leaves of plates. 1434 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - “The accolade for the best catalogue of the season undoubtedly goes to La Sirène, Paris, for their catalogue Ornaments, Architecture. This was written in collaboration with Peter Fuhring, a scholar who has often contributed to this Journal, and whose erudition in the field of ornament prints and drawings is unrivalled. He has used the opportunity offered him by M. Cotlenko to the full, producing a catalogue that will become a must for the print-lover’s library: 372 pages (unpaginated), 1,434 numbers in alphabetical order by artist (whether engraver or designer), 124 very small and not very good illustrations, and as much information in each entry as one would be happy to find in any museum exhibition catalogue. Indices of names and subjects are followed by a bibliography. While one must congratulate La Sirène for having put so much effort into this catalogue, it is deeply to be regretted that such a sizeable and coherent collection of prints has been dispersed, one that must have taken decades to put together, and which would have been so useful if kept together” (David Landau, in Print Quarterly, volume 8, 1991, p.74). ¶ Wrappers fingerstained and lightly creased; occasional pencil mark in margin.